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Kim Jong-il has died

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The leader of the Communist Regime of North Korea, the dictator Kim Jong-il, died last Saturday 17th of December 2011 of a heart attack, according to the national television KCTV. At the age of 69, diabetes and an apoplexy that took away his mobility in 2008, the dictator abandons the leadership of North Korea after succeeding his father, Kim Il-sung, since 1994. After his death, the regime has decided to support his son and foreseen heir, Kim Jong-un.

The death of the Stalinist dictator has left North Korea with a political inheritance marked by despotism, autocracy and authority. Different reports by international observers such as Amnesty International have reported the suffering, hunger, torture and political persecution of its inhabitants. The funeral of the North Korean leader will be held on the 28th of December and the national mourning will be in force for one year, according to the KCNA news agency, quoted on Twitter by the South Korean Yonhap.

More information:

Dilemas sucesorios en Corea del Norte: escenarios futuros (por Rafael Bueno Director de Política y Sociedad de Casa Asia) (Anuario Asia-Pacífico)

¿Qué escenarios se abren tras la muerte de Kim Jong il? (CIDOB)

Muere Kim Jong-il, líder de Corea del Norte (El País)

An Enigmatic Young Son Steps Forward, or Seems To (The New York Times)

Distraught North Koreans cry over Kim Jong-il's death (BBC)

The Once and Future Kim (Foreign Affairs)

North Korean Dynastic Succession Tested in Tapping Kim’s Son (Business Week)


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